Brunei Boycott: celebrities including Elton John call for the boycott of hotels

Elton John says he won't stay at hotels owned by the Sultan of Brunei.
Elton John says he won’t stay at hotels owned by the Sultan of Brunei.

Elton John joins call for boycott of Brunei-owned hotels

AIWA! NO!|| British pop legend Elton John has joined “friend” George Clooney in calling for a boycott of nine Brunei-owned hotels over the sultanate’s new death-penalty laws for gay sex and adultery.

“I commend my friend, #GeorgeClooney, for taking a stand against the anti-gay discrimination and bigotry taking place in the nation of #Brunei – a place where gay people are brutalized, or worse – by boycotting the Sultan’s hotels,” the Rocket Man singer wrote on his Twitter page late Saturday.

The 72-year-old, a veteran gay rights campaigner, said his “heart went out” to staff at the hotels, but that “we must send a message, however we can, that such treatment is unacceptable.”

© Guillaume Bonnet, Omar Kokach, Loïc Hofstedt, Giovanni Grezzi
© Guillaume Bonnet, Omar Kokach, Loïc Hofstedt, Giovanni Grezzi

The nine hotels mentioned by Clooney are located in the US, Britain, France and Italy.

The Dorchester was not available for immediate comment on the boycott.

They include London’s exclusive Dorchester and the Beverly Hills Hotel in Los Angeles.

Clooney called for the boycott earlier this week, saying “every single time we stay at or take meetings at or dine at any of these nine hotels, we are putting money directly into the pockets of men who choose to stone and whip to death their own citizens for being gay or accused of adultery.”

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